It’s Gardiner Dam’s 50th Birthday!!!
What exactly is Gardiner Dam and the South Saskatchewan River Project?
Consisting of the Gardiner Dam and the Qu’Appelle River Dam, it was an eight year construction project (completed in 1967) which formed the largest body of water in Southern Saskatchewan known as Lake Diefenbaker.
Today, Lake Diefenbaker is one of Saskatchewan’s most popular summer destinations where there are plenty of activities to do both on and off the water. However, the lake is used for more than recreation. As part of the South Saskatchewan River Project, it provides drinking water for nearly half of Saskatchewan’s residents, it’s used for irrigating farm land, and it is also the a source of water for livestock operations, potash mines and a variety of other industries.
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